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The Heckman family serving the Lord in Haiti at Emmaus Biblical Seminary

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Advent Day #23- The Lord Saves!

Two days...  TWO DAYS!  Christmas is less than two days away as I type.  I am loving these daily advent devotionals!

This year, Christmas has seemed so much more near...

So much more meaningful...

I truly believe it is because we have been so intentional about surrounding ourselves with His Word, and that Word has brought life to this special season!

Today, we look at the story of Joseph... Mary heard from the angel Gabriel that she would conceive... and Joseph received his message from an angel too.  In a dream...

The very first words spoken to Joseph carry a lot of weight.  The angel called him "Joseph, son of David" (Matthew 1)...

These opening words are not merely a reference to Joseph's lineage, his connection to the family line of David... they were a connection to the very prophecy that the Messiah would come from that family line.  And what the angel told Joseph was that his son would be THAT Messiah.

The angel also told Joseph what he should name that son.  "You are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

Jesus means "the Lord saves"... and Joseph would have the job of raising the Son of God.  The Lord. The Messiah.  God with us!

Today we read that Christmas is "about God's doing whatever it takes to be with us."  Even to the point of becoming a fragile human being... a humble baby born in a stable in Bethlehem...  God in the flesh.

As we spend one last day getting ready for Christmas let's not forget that it is all about God coming down to be with us!  Jesus is the Lord who has come to save us!  And THAT is why we celebrate!!!

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